Students from King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls in Kings Heath, Birmingham, have won the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) national Faraday engineering challenge, securing £1,000 for their school.
The top five school teams from the season league table attended the IET Faraday Challenge Day National Final on Wednesday 11 July at Thorpe Park. Other teams were from Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School, Sidcup; Dr Challoners High School, Little Chalfont; Bishop Wordsworth School, Salisbury and Horsforth School, Leeds.
This year’s challenge was in association with Thorpe Park Resort and tasked teams to design and develop a prototype that could make one of the rides safer, more attractive to ride, or more efficient to use and included an electrical circuit.
The team from Birmingham, whose challenge day was sponsored by Arconic, chose to add to the safety aspects of the Saw ride by including a glow in the dark emergency button and a signalling light to indicate when visitors are securely in their seats.
There is huge demand for new engineers and technicians so it’s vital we challenge young people’s perceptions of engineers and showcase the variety of STEM careers available to inspire the next generation.
– David Lakin, IET Head of Education
A team member from King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls said: “This was a great experience from which I will be able to apply to many things in the future.”
167 school and sponsored events took place across the UK to host the 2017-18 IET Faraday Challenge Days. Up to six teams of local school students competed at each event to find the best solution to an engineering-related challenge.
The events aim to encourage more young people to study and consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by using creativity, innovation and problem-solving skills.
David Lakin, IET Head of Education, said: “Students who took part in the Faraday Challenge Days this year have experienced working as an engineer through hands-on and practical engagement with real-life challenges relating to Thorpe Park Resort. The quality of the students’ work throughout has been fantastic and it was an extremely close final – I’d like to congratulate King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls on winning! There is huge demand for new engineers and technicians so it’s vital we challenge young people’s perceptions of engineers and showcase the variety of STEM careers available to inspire the next generation.”